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Counting generalized Dyck paths

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arXiv ID: 1304.5595
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Abstract

The Catalan number has a lot of interpretations and one of them is the number of Dyck paths. A Dyck path is a lattice path from $(0,0)$ to $(n,n)$ which is below the diagonal line $y=x$. One way to generalize the definition of Dyck path is to change the end point of Dyck path, i.e. we define (generalized) Dyck path to be a lattice path from $(0,0)$ to $(m,n) \in \mathbb{N}^2$ which is below the diagonal line $y=\frac{n}{m}x$, and denote by $C(m,n)$ the number of Dyck paths from $(0,0)$ to $(m,n)$. In this paper, we give a formula to calculate $C(m,n)$ for arbitrary $m$ and $n$.

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